Well, on my server things happened exactly as we thought. Five chinese kingdoms against us, all chinese helping the big Skarn whale becoming Emperor and not a chance in hell for us to compete. Unfortunately enough we actually managed to get in first to capture. Unfortunately? Yes, because all of us got beat and beat again, not having any troops left and resulting in chinese after getting Emperor going forward to capture a big city and sending lots of us to capital even as we speak. It has become a slaughter.
This was the last server for some of us who tried to give it one last shot after getting beat by chinese over and over again on many realms. This game started out as a beautiful rose, but now it has lost all its petals and all that remains is thorns. Yes, it is Pay-To-Win and since the whale has spent thousands and paid others too, he well deserves being the strongest and only getting stronger faster. This game has been ruined and should come with a warning. It has been fun (really!) while it lasted, but it is time to say goodbye and look for a better game, or at least a balanced game.
Take care all!